Changing the Church’s Narrative

Several months ago, I began meeting with Tim Niekerk, Senior Pastor at Salem, Tomball, and Chris Singer, Senior Pastor at Trinity, Klein, together with Jon Braunersreuther, Texas District Mission & Ministry Facilitator. I shared with them an idea about marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with an intentional effort to share the Good News of Jesus. Those meetings resulted in several plans which were never brought to fruition. But our desire was in part to change the narrative about the church. Rather than being a place of judgment and condemnation, we sought to help people see God’s love through our church’s ministries. We even talked about having some specific Good News events over the coming year.

All that seemed to go away with the devastation and destruction of Harvey. What we couldn’t do with Good News Houston, God did with Harvey and his Holy Spirit moving his people at to respond so powerfully following the storm and flooding. Talk about changing the narrative about the church! Seems God wants to help us be good news through all this.

This video clip (link below) from the Today Show highlights one aspect of God’s work through one church. It’s not obvious that St. John’s own Cypress Chapel and Pastor Stephen DeMik was part of the story. But it is clear that God was on the move (and still is!) through his people in the aftermath of the flooding.

From: Stephen & Natalie DeMik <sdemik@StJohn-Lutheran.net>
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 8:56 AM
Subject: Trinity Klein on Today Show

When you have 7 minutes…this is very cool. It highlights one of our members that we have helped, Sandy, and what Trinity Klein has done since Harvey.

https://www.today.com/video/lend-a-hand-today-al-roker-helps-texans-recover-from-hurricane-1095569987831

–sd

To God be the glory! Or, as I like to say, “Yay God!”

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